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A Bail Out SitRep

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

So lemme get this straight: Congress had to – just had to dammit – shakedown the US taxpayer for $700Billion or global financial markets would collapse, plunging the world into depression.

A bit like this collapse?

Financial markets continued a fearful spiral Monday as investors focused on the weakened state of the global economy, looking past recent steps by government officials around the world to shore up the financial system.

So lemme get it straight again: the markets are plunging anyway and the American government has dug each American $2300 deeper into the debt hole. To think, some people actually believe that there is no problem that government action will not make worse.

Seperate Nations, Seperate Solutions

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 9:56 am

Leaders of Britain, Germany and Italy joined the French president at a hastily called summit in Paris to discuss the financial crisis facing Europe.

But Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel and Silvio Berlusconi all had very different agendas when they sat down to talk together – not least because the crisis has affected each of their countries differently

Who’d have thought that? Who’d have thought that different nations, with different national stories, distinct cultures, different governmental, judicial and administrative systems, different currencies and diversely structured economies would have found the troubles affecting them differently.

Golly gosh!

It rather undermines the case for a pan-EU solution to what are particular local factors. Since they’re also admitting that one-size-does-not-fit-all, it weakens the very case for the EU.

Turn Of The Wrench

By ATWadmin On October 6th, 2008 at 12:42 am

Wandering through the internet tonight, I followed a tiny, intriguing lane off my main road and ended up at The Dipso Chronicles.  It was an unexpectedly wonderful turn, it’s so rare to find a place so beautifully tended that I had to share it with you when I encountered this post.  Pete Moore immediately came to mind, followed in quick succession by several other manly writers and regular pundits who grace this site. Andy’s a wordsmith of fine order and his entire site is a well crafted statement of his thoughts. There is nothing political to dissect in this excerpt, unless gnashing your teeth over traditional gender related activities juices your gears, I just thought you might enjoy reading something a little different off our well beaten path.

“There is nothing better than a few turns of the wrench for keeping a man anchored in his masculine nationalism, and when a man can live in that, he can truly be at home. We have industry in our bones, we have gears and oils and tunability to thank for our oddly coarse sensitivity, our harsh and unyielding adaptability. Paradoxical? To be sure. But it must have been a thoughtful, careful, and compassionate bunch of men to conceptualize the garish industrialism that has brought us to this particular sense of national confidence and promise that we can harbor. No one slow and brutish could have brought about something as delicate as an engine, those 12 cylinder beauties in the noses and wings of WWII aircraft; the turbo-diesels of today’s massive main battle tanks, whose incredible weight belies their agility and nimbleness. This is why I, we, are at home under the hood and breaking our knuckles. Why a man’s only real comfort zone is in the seat of his rig. Because for those of us who give credit for our prosperity not to god, but to the hand of man himself, a greasy garage floor is the only altar we can take seriously.”

Republicans in Hollywood

By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

The other day I wrote a post  complaining about the informal shunning of Republicans in Hollywood.  

Several ATW readers thought my analysis was incorrect.  Vehemently.  I can’t be right!   There is no shunning because liberals are open-minded and tolerant.  Right??  Hollywood blacklisting ended when the McCarthy Era was put to bed. Right?

Unfortunately, no.  

There is an informal shunning of conservative points-of-view, and an informal shunning of those individuals who express them.  Of course, not all Conservatives are shunned.  And not all Republican opinions are ignored or ridiculed.  But, there is a trend.

Express ideas outside of the Democrat, liberal box and you might be facing some pretty scary censorship.   From UPI.com

Film director David Zucker says conservatives are so uncomfortable in Hollywood that being a Republican is “the new gay. (my emphasis)

“You sort of feel like you have to hide it,” Zucker — director of “Airplane!,” “Top Secret” and “The Naked Gun” — told EW.com. “When you meet, you give each other a secret look, ‘Are you a Republican, too?’ It’s the new gay.” 

Zucker and some of his fellow Hollywood Republicans — including Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper — collaborated on the upcoming movie, “An American Carol” EW.com characterized the movie as “Hollywood’s first unabashedly right-wing comedy.” “


By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Should teachers be ALLOWED to have sex with their pupils?

A senior representative of a teaching union thinks they should.

“Teachers should not be prosecuted for having affairs with their sixth formers, a union chief has said. NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates said it was an “anomaly” that a
teacher who had sex with a pupil aged over 16 could go on the sex
offenders register. She told ITV’s Tonight programme the law was wrong because a
teacher could legally enter a relationship with a sixth former at
another school. Child protection professionals have criticised her comments. In 2001, the law was changed to make it illegal for teachers to
engage in sexual activity with pupils at their school aged under 18.”

This issue is black and white. Teachers should NOT be permitted to have sex with their pupils since the position of trust that they enjoy with those in the class-room would  be irrevocably violated. It is also an invitation to predatory sexual behaviour and even a paedophiles charter. But it tells you PLENTY about the mindset of these in senior office within the Trade Unionsthat they think otherwise. How would you feel if your child had sex with his/her teacher and it was considered lawful?


By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 11:11 am

The Green Party gets a good press despite having minimal electoral support. Why? Because the agenda it pursues resonates with the media elite. Over in the States, the Green Party’s Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has declared that she reckons 5,000 black males were suspiciously
during Hurricane Katrina.
According to McKinney, the names of the 5,000 are contained in a
Pentagon computer. She claims the men were prisoners whose bodies were
dumped in a swamp.

Quite. A loon but yet the Green Party supports her. And the media stays well away from publicising her madness.


By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 11:00 am

I’ve been wanting to see someone wipe the smug grin of senior Democrat  Barny Frank’s face and Bill O’Reilly obliges with gusto, worth a viewing!


By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 10:50 am

I read that the Government is considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor
and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of
everyone in Britain.
GCHQ, the government’s eavesdropping centre, has already been given up to £1
billion to finance the first stage of the project.

Hundreds of clandestine probes will be installed to monitor customers live on
two of the country’s biggest internet and mobile phone providers – thought
to be BT and Vodafone. BT has nearly 5m internet customers.

“Fighting terrorism” is the catch-all excuse trotted out to explain this outrageous invasion of the State into our lives. It’s a con-trick, of course. This government is not remotely interested in fighting terrorism, especially of the Islamic hue. But it is VERY interested in sticking it’s nose into the private lives of every British citizen, the totalitarian instincts of the left in power manifest for all who care to look.


By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 10:37 am

Is Gordon Brown ON something?

We have witnessed him bringing back into Government the Prince of Darkness, Peter Mandelson. You all know that Mandy has been forced to resign not once, but twice, from high office. He’s back for a third time and claiming to be “joined at the hip” to Brown.

Now we hear that David Blunkett, the former Home Secretary, is also due to be recalled to office. You will recall that Blunkett himself was forced to resign not once, but twice, from high office. Blunkett was the worst Home Secretary in living memory  -or at least until Jacqui Smith!

It’s only a matter of time until Neil Kinnock and Michael Foot get the call from Brown as we see a new government “of all the talents” lol!

Brown’s actions are those of a desperate man seeking to cling to power at ALL costs. All these clowns will go down together in 2010 and that is why I welcome these decisions by the PM.


By ATWadmin On October 5th, 2008 at 10:25 am

Have to laugh at the imagined indignation from the MSM at the news that Sarah Palin has (at last) brought out publicly the alleged connection between The One and former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayres. 

She did it brilliantly quoting directly from that right-wing tome The New York Times. Oddly the media have  chosen not to  rebuke the NYT for finally raising this story but Sarah gets it in the neck for raising these awkward  facts.

Now then, thankfully the blogosphere has been very good at providing details on not just the Obama-Ayres connection but the more comprehensive links between the Obamessiah and the Weathermen. Obama is indeed unfit to become Commander-in-Chief and you don’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind will blow should he be successful.